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    Default N+1 Classy Commuter Recs for a Friend

    A good friend of mine is in the market for N+1. He currently has a Ciöcc that he rides once annually in a sprint triathlon. He's a noob and doesn't do a lot of riding but has a lot of respect for cycling and bicycles. He's looking for something to commute to and from work several days a week. He lives in Charlottesville and has an easy commute; so easy that I think he may benefit from the low maintenance of single speed. He's looking for something with some class and although he works in finance I don't think he's willing to drop a lot of bank. My first thought was a Pashley Guv'nor; of course I love IF's "Super Commuter" but both may be out of his price range. I would love to hear / see some suggestions as this is a niche that tugs at my heartstrings.

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    Default Re: N+1 Classy Commuter Recs for a Friend

    Don't forget that Charlottesville, VA is hilly..... Gears are good in a place like that.

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    Default Re: N+1 Classy Commuter Recs for a Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    Don't forget that Charlottesville, VA is hilly..... Gears are good in a place like that.
    I would have to confirm but my buddy lives on the edge of downtown where he works. I think it's a short stroll so we're talking a very easy "commute" with nary a hill in sight as far as I know. I'm assuming he would use the bike for errands around town as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holliscx View Post
    I would have to confirm but my buddy lives on the edge of downtown where he works. I think it's a short stroll so we're talking a very easy "commute" with nary a hill in sight as far as I know. I'm assuming he would use the bike for errands around town as well.
    Bollocks!!! Have IF build him a townie with a simple cargo front rack. Spec. a Nexus rear hub and matching generator fr. hub/lights and call it a day. If the guy appreciates nice bikes than he'll cherish this for the rest of his life and it is special for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    If the guy appreciates nice bikes than he'll cherish this for the rest of his life and it is special for him.
    He just bought a house and just had a kid. Had he grown up riding he would be at that level but he's not there yet and he visited IF's new digs in Newmarket with me last year.

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    Default Re: N+1 Classy Commuter Recs for a Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by holliscx View Post
    He just bought a house and just had a kid. Had he grown up riding he would be at that level but he's not there yet and he visited IF's new digs in Newmarket with me last year.
    Fine. Just taking the temp.
    Give him a look at these: Specialized Bicycle Components


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    Default Re: N+1 Classy Commuter Recs for a Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by holliscx View Post
    I would have to confirm but my buddy lives on the edge of downtown where he works. I think it's a short stroll so we're talking a very easy "commute" with nary a hill in sight as far as I know. I'm assuming he would use the bike for errands around town as well.
    If he's over by the downtown mall it's reasonably flat, but a little bit out in each direction and the hills kick back in. Doesn't hurt to have a couple gear options. Even though Too Tall's awesome recommendation may be more than your friend wants to go, something with a Nexus hub could come in handy and open up some options if he ever wants to ride the bike other than straight to work and back. Charlottesville is a great town to explore and a bike is a great way to get from the Downtown area to The Corner (a great part of town next to the UVa campus with bars and restaurants, for those who don't know the area). Just some thoughts so he doesn't end up with something that is limited in use. Man I miss living there...

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    To split the difference between pricey and classy, I'd take a look at building up a Milwaukee frame.

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    Throw on a set of Paul's brakes, White Ind or Phil Wood cranks.
    Maybe an old 6 speed derailleur and thumb shifter or an IGH, some cool fenders, and off you go.
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    I'd tell him to go over to Blue Ridge and see what they have. Maybe a Trek District. But Blue Ridge is good people, and can steer him the right way (and take care of it afterwards).

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    Linus Roadster Sport 3 speed.

    It's a very, very, very nice riding bike for the money.

    I've got one, it's great.
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    Default Re: N+1 Classy Commuter Recs for a Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by soupless View Post
    Linus Roadster Sport 3 speed.

    It's a very, very, very nice riding bike for the money.

    I've got one, it's great.
    My lady rides the same bike - aside from being quite heavy (only matters because we live on a 3rd floor walk-up), it's a perfect commuter/errands bike. They make great, stylish accessories, too. Plus, domestic made!
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    The spousal unit and I are getting these. I think they're rad.

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    Opinion warning: Vintage steel road bikes make great inexpensive commuter bikes, just find something that's the right size and fits fenders and you're good to go. Barely matters what components it has as long as the gearing is reasonable and everything is working properly. Personally I would look for an older racing frame because many of them can still fit 25c and fenders. For an inexpensive bike that will ultimately be better handling and more comfortable than some (sorry) upright bar monstrosity there are tons of great (classy!) options out there. My daily bike is an old bianchi with columbus tubing and trust me it sees a beating unlike anything a typical commuter would provide and it's completely solid. It doesn't weigh a ton or feel slow like some people think commuter bikes should for some reason. The singlespeed thing is pointless as well, the people I know who make a living riding their bikes all have gears year round, don't drink the retarded hipster kool aid! There is practically no benefit to a singlespeed especially for weaker cyclists IMO.

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    I'm having a hard time recommending a new bike for someone that currently rides once a year. And certainly not one based solely on appearance.

    It will likely just end up collecting dust, or on craigslist... which is a more appropriate place for him to start looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffS View Post
    I'm having a hard time recommending a new bike for someone that currently rides once a year. And certainly not one based solely on appearance.
    He "races" once per year. Charlottesville is nice and I think this bike will see some use as a daily commuter and hopefully beyond.

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    Default Re: N+1 Classy Commuter Recs for a Friend

    If he can't diy something cool then going to the bike shop is the best bet. At least you can ride it first.

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    This has been my go-to recommendation recently:

    I believe it sells for about 1200 bucks, but considering that includes, rack, fenders, dyno-hub, light, kickstand I think it's a steal.

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    I just walked outside and saw a guy unloading the panniers on one of these:

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    He could take his new addition for rides on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nahtnoj View Post
    I just walked outside and saw a guy unloading the panniers on one of these:

    KONAWORLD

    He could take his new addition for rides on it.
    That is not hateful.


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    Default Re: N+1 Classy Commuter Recs for a Friend

    Whoever commented that Charlottesville is hilly was right. Buddy says commute is all uphill going to downtown (I believe) and downhill coming home. He's mentioned he would love to be able to take a kids seat on and off but I'm going to ignore that for right now.

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